Champs of the Week:
1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC- 187 passing yards, 6 TD’s
What an incredible stat line. If Matt Barkley threw his sixth touchdown pass and immediately did the Heisman pose, I would have had no issue with it because he already looks to be well on his way to securing that bronze trophy. This game really displayed how efficient and talented this Barkley is. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have an All-American at wideout in Robert Woods that was making plays left and right.
2. Terrance Owens, QB, Toledo- 300 passing yards, 74 rushing yards, 4 TD’s
So this is what Owens can do when he gets the full amount of reps during a game? Normally splitting time with backup quarterback Austin Dantin, Owens got to play the entire game and performed extremely well with over 370 total yards of offense and four scores. The offense was on fire all game, and Owens was the central reason why, leading the team up and down the field on nearly every possession. If Owens continues to get all the snaps in games, his fantasy stock skyrockets.
3. David Piland, QB, Houston- 580 passing yards, 4 TD’s
Now that’s the Houston passing offense we all got to know and love. I’m sure the coaching staff would preferably not like to pass the ball 77 times a game, but fantasy owners of Piland love it! Houston looks primed for a down year after this 0-2 start, which could result in playing from behind frequently. That means a lot more passing going forward which is music to the ears of Piland fantasy owners.
1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan- 208 passing yards, 218 rushing yards, 4 total TD’s
No tweets this week from any backup Michigan State players commenting on how bad Denard Robinson is. ‘Shoelace’ was back in form in Week 2 against Air Force as he ran wild all over the field. UMass is next on the schedule. Watch out.
2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson- 105 receiving yards, 3 TD’s
Hopkins made the most of being the No. 1 wideout for one last week until stud sophomore Sammy Watkins makes his dubious return after suspension. The junior wideout topped 100 yards again this week, and is a huge reason why the Clemson offense is on a roll. It will be interesting to see if his production decreases significantly with the return of Watkins.
3. Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma- 156 rushing yards, 4 TD’s
Maybe the biggest surprise early this season has been the emergence of Williams. On just 10 carries, Williams topped the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, not to mention adding in four touchdowns to his already impressive performance. Dominique Whaley may still be the starter, but Williams looks to be the better play at this point.
4. Branden Oliver, RB, Buffalo- 238 rushing yards, 2 TD’s
Oliver has arguably been the best fantasy running back in the entire nation thus far. After topping the 100-yard mark against a rugged Georgia D, Oliver went on to rush for 238 yards and two scores in Week 2 against FCS foe Morgan State. As of now, there is no reason to think this won’t continue going forward.
5. Alex Carder, QB, Western Michigan- 364 passing yards, 5 TD’s
That’s more like it. After taking a week off against Illinois last week, Carder looked more like the 2011 version has he tossed the rock all over the field. Carder will get another shot at a Big Ten team next week as WMU travels to surprising Minnesota.
This Won’t Last:
1. Alex Neutz, WR, Buffalo- 154 receiving yards, 4 TD’s
Neutz has looked solid to start the season, and he remains the team’s top target in the passing game, but don’t get carried away here. This will still be a primarily run-oriented offense that will get challenged a bit more in the coming weeks than they did against Morgan State.
2. Alex Singleton, RB, Tulsa- 102 rushing yards, 3 TD’s
Singleton and the entire Tulsa rushing attack had a huge week against Tulane. Singleton was the primary ball carrier as he rumbled to 102 yards on the day. That being said, Singleton is still the third back on the depth chart.
3. Christian Powell, FB, Colorado- 147 rushing yards, 3 TD’s
This is how bad things are for the Colorado offense. After losing to in-state rival Colorado State in Week 1, the Buffs turned to a freshman fullback to carry the load against Sacramento State. To his credit, Powell performed extremely well in his first shot at a starting role. But don’t expect it to last as they do not get to face FCS teams every week.
Chumps of the Week:
1. Perry Jones, RB, Virginia- 14 rushing yards, 14 receiving yards, 0 TD’s
Jones and the entire Virginia offense were completely shut down by the Penn State defense on Saturday. The Nittany Lions front seven dominated much of the game, and kept Jones from making a significant impact. The senior running back was not in sync the entire game, and backup Kevin Parks was getting the carries down the stretch. If the interior portion of the offensive line does not improve, the rushing attack could continue to struggle.
2. Shawn Southward, RB, Troy- 33 rushing yards, 0 TD’s
One week after appearing on the Champs list, Southward finds himself on the other end of the spectrum. The junior back rushed for only 33 yards in Week 2 after topping the 200-yard mark the week before. This could be a trend going forward as the Troy rushing attack has not been a mark of consistency in quite some time.
3. Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB, Michigan- 7 rushing yards, 0 TD’s
Not the kind of return Toussaint was looking for. After missing the Alabama game because of suspension, the junior back returned to the field and rushed for a total of seven yards on only eight carries. To be fair, the Michigan offensive line played poorly so there were not many holes to run through.
1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin- 61 rushing yards, 0 TD’s
After a pedestrian performance in Week 1 against Northern Iowa, Ball and the entire rushing offense struggled mightily against an average Oregon State defense. Much of the blame actually goes to the typically-dominant offensive line that has not played well here in the early portion of the year. Expect Ball to get back on track soon.
2. Javone Lawson, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette- 22 receiving yards, 0 TD’s
Despite putting up 37 points as a team, it was still an off day for Lawson and the ULL passing offense. It didn’t help that starting QB Blaine Gautier came out of the game in the first quarter with an injury. If Gautier is out for an extended period, don’t pull the trigger too quickly on Lawson, as former Houston QB Terrance Broadway is the backup and is a solid option.
3. Eric Monette, WR, Western Michigan- 24 receiving yards, 0 TD’s
Quarterback Alex Carder really threw the rock around this week in the team’s win, but Monette, the team’s projected starter in 2012, only managed 24 yards. It’s still early, but looks as if freshman wideout Jaime Wilson has become the team’s top target.
4. Darius Millines, WR, Illinois- 1 catch, -3 yards
Even with starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase out with an injury, you still one of the team’s top targets to at least be on the plus side in receiving yardage. Two catches total to start the year for Millines. Not good.
5. Matt Brown, RB, Temple- 31 rushing yards, 0 TD’s
With starter Montel Harris out with an injury, you’d expect a lot better from Brown against a terrible Maryland team. Being behind all game didn’t help either, as the Owls had to throw the ball a bit more than they would have liked.
This Won’t Last:
1. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State- 47 receiving yards, 0 TD’s
This offense will get on track at some point. You just expect a lot more from a Mike Leach-led passing game, especially when facing an FCS squad in Eastern Washington.
2. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami- 37 total yards, 0 TD’s
After coming on strong in his first collegiate performance in Week 1, Johnson took a step back in their second contest against Kansas State. Don’t be alarmed, though, the entire offense was bad against the Wildcats. Johnson still looks like the best offensive weapon Miami has.
3. Keith Price, QB, Washington- 157 passing yards, 0 TD’s
Even the best of quarterbacks will struggle against SEC defenses, especially ones that have future NFL’ers scattered all over. Price is still one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the country and will have better weeks ahead.
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